Poppy seeds have many health benefits and are used mainly in baking.
Health benefits of poppy seeds
- Poppy Seeds are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the poppy seeds plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping to treat constipation.
- Poppy Seeds are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats (such as PUFA’s) in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Poppy Seeds are very low in sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Poppy Seeds are very high in copper (5 g serving). Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and nervous system.
- Poppy Seeds are a source of manganese (5 g serving). Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue. It is necessary for normal bone formation, the formation of cartilage and lubrication of joints. It also contributes to cell protection from free radical damage.
- The seeds are widely used in confectionery like stuffing, rolls, bagels, sweet bread, biscuits, and cakes.
- Add them to your rusks or muffins.
- Sprinkle poppy seeds over toasts, bread or seafood.
DID YOU KNOW?
Papaver somniferum (poppy) is cultivated as an annual crop in countries such as China, India, Czechoslovakia or Turkey. Poppy is grown mainly for its content of opium and oil seed. In Europe, poppy seeds are used mostly for confectionery and baking, similar to the use of sesame seeds.